Scopey (11762) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at The Antelope, Sloane Sq. It pours very dark brown with a small beige head. The nose is coffee, light roast, caramel and cooking chocolate. The taste is roasted malt, coffee, nut, toast, plain chocolate, touch of dark fruit with a dry, roasty finish. Medium body and soft carbonation. A solid porter, but nothing particularly special.
mR_fr0g (8283) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at the moon under water JDW. Dark ruby red brown small beige head. Big choc dry coffee aroma. Soft coronation and full bodied. Flavour is more choc and coffee. Some earthy hop bitterness in the finish. Nice lingering coffee flavour. Very good porter.
sic1314 (4775) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JAN 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured dark black with no head. Aroma of dark chocolate malt. Medium body, flavour similar to the aroma with a lingering dry, roasted aftertaste. Possibly a bit on the cold side for all the flavours to develop
jfb (5343) - Freising, GERMANY - DEC 21, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
(cask) pours a very dark ruby colour with no head. aroma of coffee beans and raisins, vanilla, caramel, quite earthy, with a hint of cardboard. flavour is mostly the same, coffee and toasted malts, raisins, no sweetness, with a semi-dry roasted-bitter finish. light-bodied with soft carbonation.
OllieBBommel (1423) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 15, 2012
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Cask@íin de Wildemaní Head: almost none. Color: dark brown. Aroma: hops,flowery, chocolate, roasted malt. Taste: bitter, chocolate. Palate: no CO2, bitter, medium bitter finish. Overall: nice trying
jookos (5096) - FINLAND - DEC 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hand pump draught. Black. Slightly sweet chocolate, roasted malts, dqrk fruits on the nose. Body is med, some sweetness, silky. A touch of nuttiness, yeast. A very drinkable and balanced porter. Probably the best one Iíve had(tm). Chocolate pudding, slight roasted notes, malts. This is really enjoyable.
Borresteijn (6207) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask sample at In de Wildeman, thanks Simon! Almost black colour, no head. Aroma was of buttery toffee, hard roasted malts, coffee, some dark fruits. Flavour hard roasted malts, coffee and cream, toffee, berries, light chocolate, light bitter finish. Light-bodied. Although nice, I expected a bit more of this.
Hermod (5935) - Vantaa, FINLAND - DEC 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask @ Kittyís , Helsinki. Dark brown, thin but lasting brown head. Chocolate, roasted aroma, light fruitiness. Flavor has roasted malt,coffee, milk chocolate, hops. Long finish with coffee,nutty and roasted notes. Excellent.
neongolden (1127) - LinkŲping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(cask at Brydenís, Toronto Nov 29, 2012) Pours dark brown, head off-white with big bubbles and lots of lace left behind. Aroma of milk chocolate, roast malts, nuts, a bit of fruit sweetness. Flavours of roasted, bready malt, light coffee, chocolate, just a little nutty. Finishes mostly dry with a bit of fruit and light hop and roast bitterness. The mouthfeel from the cask is excellent: smooth, rich and creamy, full with light but active carb. This is a good beer in a can and the cask is even better. Worth noting that it wasnít quite as good two days later, glad I hit its sweet spot.
Theydon_Bois (16229) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at the Mawsons Arms (brewery tap), Chiswick - 14/11/12.
Pours light black in colour with a thinnish tan head that retains fairly well.
Roast malts on the nose, light molasses, a little dark fruit and a touch of chocolate.
Taste follows nose with a little tobacco and leather, definately a fruity porter but chocolate also apparent.
Medium bodied with soft carbonation leading to a dry finish.
Always the start of the Xmas season when I see this on cask and one Iíll always make an effort for each year - a solid porter.